As a kid, New Years Eve was that elusive celebration that I always wanted to attend but could never quite stay awake for. My family would play board games and watch the New Years Eve shows on TV and every year I’d tell my mom that I was definitely going to stay awake to watch the ball drop that year. And I was usually asleep on the couch by 10. Maybe 10:30.
Luckily, when you’re a kid, New Years Eve isn’t really about ringing in the new year but about spending time with family. And some of my favorite memories are intense board game battles and the different snacks we’d make to munch on instead of a regular dinner. The ones we could actually help with were even better! And as a kid finger food is king.
So a mouthful of pizza that doesn’t require a plate? Yes, please! Once you get your little ones to help you make these they’ll have one in each hand all night long! Or until they crash on the couch before midnight.
My favorite pizza dough recipe is perfect for these poppers and it makes enough to have some dough leftover for pizza or calzones or garlic knots or breadsticks. Whatever makes your pizza heart happy. They’re fun to pull apart, dip, and pop in your mouth so you can enjoy these all night long! Or until they disappear, which probably won’t take very long at all!
These are perfectly crunchy on the outside from the olive oil and soft and cheesy on the inside! Stuff them with your favorite pizza dough fillings like ham and pineapple or bbq chicken and mozzarella. We’ll definitely be making these for New Years and then probably more after that just for snacks!
What are your favorite New Years Eve traditions? I’d love to hear about them!
And if you’re looking for more delicious and easy appetizer ideas check out these!
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 Tbs active dry yeast
- 1/2 Tbs salt
- 5 cups bread flour, divided
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- Mozzarella, cut into chunks
- Pizza sauce for dipping
- Sprinkle yeast over warm water and let sit for 5 minutes until yeast proofs.
- Mix 2 1/2 cups of flour into proofed yeast and pour into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
- Mix salt and remaining flour and add to the stand mixer in 1/2 cup increments.
- Once all the flour is incorporated, mix at medium speed for 1-3 minutes or until dough forms a ball.
- Place into a well oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat it evenly with olive oil and allow to rise for 30-60 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Once dough has doubled roll out half the dough to 1/4" thickness and using a 2" cookie cutter cut into rounds.
- Stretch dough slightly with your fingers then place a slice of pepperoni and chunk of mozzarella cheese in the center, gather the dough and pinch together with your fingers.
- Place into an oiled bunt pan in two layers and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Serve warm with pizza sauce.